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Welsh valleys mining community spirit recalled in emotional memoir

A new memoir published this week paints a vivid picture of life in the South Wales Valleys during the 1930s, and evokes the strong community spirit of the valleys in that period.

In A Childhood in a Welsh Mining Valley, author and ex-Congregational Minister Vivian Jones recounts with great warmth his childhood in a working class family within the community of Garnant, a small mining village in Cwm Aman, Carmarthenshire.

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(19/04/2017)

'The Welsh need more confidence in themselves'

We 'must use Welsh history as a means of giving the Welsh more confidence in the world today' – this is the message that is emphasised in a new book published this week by Y Lolfa publishers.

Highlights from Welsh History by Emrys Roberts is a brand new history book that shines new light on Wales. It gives a concise yet comprehensive overview of Welsh history from the Brythonic period to the present day, whilst presenting a new and alternative portrayal of Welsh history – with the emphasis being on the nation's successes and strengths.

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(04/04/2017)

What is the true national sport of Wales?

The debate about the true national sport of Wales has been raging for years between rugby and football fans. But a new book claims that the first and true national sport of Wales is neither of these, but the little less know sport of Handball.

In industrial Wales Hanbdball (or Pêl-law) was the predominant sport – drawing crowds of thousands to watch the game that could be described as similar to squash, but without the rackets. Courts were to be seen in many parts of the Welsh valleys and it was played in yards of pubs in front of betting spectators. The game was a national obsession, with people travelling from far and wide to watch thrilling matches between the sporting heroes of the day, and fortunes being won and lost through side stakes and gambling.

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(20/03/2017)

Welsh mythology inspires new novel during 'Year of Legends'

A famous Welsh legend has inspired a new novel which is published this week.

Return from Darkness by Graham Jones is based on the story of the Twrch Trwyth, a deep vein in Welsh Mabinogi folklore.

The publishing of the novel follows the Welsh Government's 2017 tourism campaign celebrating the 'Year of Legends'.

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(07/03/2017)

New book celebrates Thomas Jones of Pencerrig

This first biography of the famous Welsh painter Thomas Jones has been published this week.

Thomas Jones of Pencerrig: artist, traveller, country squire by Richard Veasey is the full-length biography of the eighteenth-century landscape painter and seeks to draw together the different threads of his life.

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(06/03/2017)

The connection between Wales and Liverpool explored

The connection between Wales and Liverpool has been explored anew in a book published this week.

Penny Lane and All That by Camarthenshire author Ann Carlton is a celebration of growing up in Liverpool's Penny Lane neighbourhood during the 1940s and 1950s – the same era as the Beatles and Quarrymen.

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(14/02/2017)

The truth behind Saint David of Wales

The truth behind the myth of Saint David has been revealed this week with the publishing of a book that will throw new light on the mysterious life of Wales' patron saint.

In Pursuit of Saint David by historian Gerald Morgan follows the life of Saint David, looking at how the myths and traditions that surround the historical figure have come to be and how he eventually became such an important part of Welsh history.

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(13/02/2017)

'The 100 must see' places in Wales revisited

Y Lolfa as published a new edition of its bestelling guide book to the must see places in Wales.

Wales in 100 Places is the updated version of Wales 100 places to see before you die which won the Welsh Book of the Year prize and was adapted to a popular television series on S4C. The publishing of the new version of the acclaimed volume follows the death of author and historian John Davies in 2015.

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(30/01/2017)

Welsh wine merchants win prestigious food award

A Welsh cookbook by two local Welsh entrepreneurs has won a prestigious French cookbook award.

Rarebit and Rioja: Recipes and wine tales from Wales by Dylan and Llinos Rowlands of Gwin Dylanwad Wine, Dolgellau, has been declared the national British winner in its category, Best Food and Wine at the 2017 Gourmand Awards. The Welsh food and wine book stems from the two entrepreneurs' 30 years experience in the trade.

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(11/01/2017)

New book aims to teach children about global warming

A new children's book published this week will aim to teach children about global warming and threat to endangered species.

Set in Ethiopia, The Crystal Fountain by David Morgan Williams is the story of two children, Omo and Asha, rescuing an ibex from a landslide on Mount Ras Dash. The injured ibex is brought back to health with the help of the two children and Henry, the hippo, and Crocus, the crocodile and some magical bubbles from the crystal fountain.

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(14/12/2016)

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